Frequently Asked Questions

I need help, who can I talk to?

When can I busk?

Are noise levels restricted?

Can I busk at The Rocks Market

Can we get one permit and work as a group?

How do I apply for the permit?

Can I sell my CD?

Can I book or reserve a busking pitch?

How long can I busk for?

I need help, who can I talk to?

Call Jonathan on ph 9240 8644 for assistance over the phone with your online application.

When can I busk?

The Rocks/Darling Harbour Buskers are permitted to operate in areas covered by the policy between of 8am and 9pm in Circular Quay, excluding CQ3 and CQ4 which operate from 10am to 9pm and at Darling Harbour from 9am to 11pm. The Authority imposes a two hour period on all busking pitches. There is no busking on New Year’s Eve, Australia Day or in locations effected by special events or activities. The Goods Line Buskers are permitted to operate in areas covered by the policy between of 8am and 9pm, excluding the lunch period between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. The Authority imposes a two hour period on all busking pitches. Restrictions may be placed on busking pitches when special events or activations are programmed in the area.

Are noise levels restricted?

All busking pitches on The Goods Line are restricted to acoustic performance. No amplification is permitted. Further restriction may be imposed for excessively noisy acoustic instruments such as drums if noise levels are disruptive to surrounding businesses or impact on enjoyment of the space by passive users.

Can I busk at The Rocks Market

Busking at The Rocks Market is by invitation only and if you think your musical act is a good fit for the market please call Alissa Bruce for a trial booking ph 02 9240 8542

Can we get one permit and work as a group?

Community groups such as youth associations, church groups, schools, dance or band groups where enrolment or registration is required can apply for a Group Permit. The group will be covered by the Public Liability Insurance of the community group or association. The cost of this permit will also be $20 which will cover the group. A group leader/delegate will apply and sign for this permit and will be the responsible delegate. This delegate must be present when the group is busking. The group permit may only be used for group performances and may not be used by members performing as individuals. Children under 18 years old performing as part of the group are required to have completed the parental consent form as part this application.

How do I apply for the permit?

You can apply online through this website

Can I sell my CD?

Buskers can only sell digital recordings of their own performance and music and advertise the sale of their CDs and DVDs by way of an A4 sign. The sale of other items or other performers recordings is prohibited. When buskers accept the terms of conditions of the busking policy, they also accept these terms and conditions.

Can I book or reserve a busking pitch?

Pitches are not allowed to be booked or reserved. If buskers are prepared to do so, they are permitted to wait at an occupied pitch until the current busker’s two hours expires, at which time there should be a changeover of performer. To perform at the Aboriginal Busking Site, performers must hold a busking permit and be able to be identified as Aboriginal with accreditation from Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. Performing at The Rocks Market and special events is by invitation only and will only be offered to current permit holders.

How long can I busk for?

The Authority encourages buskers to consider their operating environment and the impact each busking activity has on its immediate surrounds. In order to promote a variety of artistic expression as well as avoid repetitive activity, the Authority imposes a two hour period on all busking pitches. Special Busking Sites with Circle Acts are limited to 45 minute performances without repetition.